Most servers today have a 20+ year legacy, which can be a hindrance to true flexibility because they are mired in the past. Cisco built its UCS product from a clean sheet of paper, designing a system, not a server, in order to tackle the compute challenges of both today and the future.
SAP applications scale vertically as most x86-based solutions scale horizontally. Lenovo recognizes this challenge and their portfolio of highly scalable systems with massive memory footprints make them an excellent platform for deploying SAP.
As OpenStack continues to mature, the storage choices multiply, bringing private cloud deployments more flexibility in handling the explosion of data in the private cloud. Intel has been working behind the scenes and contributing to ensure a robust set of options for OpenStack storage deployment.
The annuals OpenStack Summit in 2016 was held in Austin, TX, giving me plenty of opportunity to spend time with vendors and customers to see where things are heading. Interestingly, “maturity” was one of the most common themes among both groups.
Tape is dead. While seen as an inexpensive solution for archiving, the fragility and capacity can’t keep up with today’s storage needs. Sony, a leader in tape technology, is actually the driving force behind Everspan, the technology that can render tape useless with optical technology.
With the ability to store over 180PB of data in a small form factor that can last for up to 100 years, Everspan is delivering an optical archiving solution for those industries that demand a low-cost archival solution with a nearly infinite lifespan.
For years, tape ruled the archival roost, but unfortunately tape was an expensive and time consuming proposition due to its service life and fragile state. Hard drives became an archival medium but were more expensive, consumed more power and were heavy. Optical archiving can change all of this, led by Sony, an innovator in data storage.
HP has a vision for the future of the data center and that vision centers around the concept of Compute. Compute will drive everything, but most importantly Compute is flexible and can scale with business needs.
As more data is being collected at the edge, the need for processing in place is growing as networks simply cannot handle the deluge. In this environment, ARM has the performance and low power CPUs that make processing at the edge a more reasonable proposition.
Because private clouds are typically run on-premises, alongside traditional IT applications, businesses expect resiliency and reliability. OpenStack does not have those capabilities out of the box but Stratus can bring high availability to OpenStack.